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Monday, 18 April, 2011

Simon Cowell Quits Judges Job

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It’s been speculated for a while now that Simon Cowell would leave the UK X Factor in order to concentrate on the US version of the show – and now it’s official.

ITV has confirmed that Simon won’t be appearing as a judge on the next series, although he would continue to be involved with the program. Cheryl Cole also looks set to leave the judging panel, and there is speculation that Lilly Allen and Spice Girl Mel B will join Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh to replace Cheryl and Simon.

Monday, 28 March, 2011

Robbie Williams turns down X Factor Role

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Robbie Williams has turned down a role on the X Factor judging panel, it has been revealed. A source told the Sunday Mirror:

“The thing about Robbie these days is he doesn’t enjoy the attention which comes with a showbiz lifestyle. He turns down so many public appearances — stuff worth millions every year. He just doesn’t need it. ‘X Factor’ lasts for three months and that’s too lengthy a commitment.”

The UK version of the X Factor show looks set to see a big shake-up of the judging panel, with Simon Cowell and possibly Cheryl Cole busy with the US version of the show.

Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Cheryl Cole Hasn’t Spoken to the girls

Cheryl Cole hasn’t spoken to any of the contestants in her categories since the end of the X Factor last year, Mary Byrne has told the Sun newspaper.

“Matt has heard from Dannii [Minogue], I’m sure the boys have been in touch with Simon [Cowell], but I know Cheryl hasn’t been in touch with any of the girls,”

All three are currently performing in the X Factor live tour.

Monday, 6 December, 2010

Matt Cardle: The Next Steve Brookstein?

Does anyone remember Steve Brookstein, winner of the first series of the X Factor? Initially highly popular, Brookstein quickly fell out of favour in the media for being something of a misery, forever complaining about the show and the team that had brought him into the public eye in the first place.

Steve Brookstein was also the first Xmas X Factor number 1 with his single Against All Odds, but he very quickly became disillusioned with the X Factor, telling the Daily Mail just six months later “The X Factor damages your credibility – or perhaps I should say Simon Cowell does. The X Factor is all one big theatre. It’s about killing music to make light entertainment.”. Since then, Brookstein has frequently spoken out against the X Factor and Cowell in particular.

Matt Cardle already seems to be heading the same way, after whining and complaining his way through the finals. So far this series, he’s criticised Simon Cowell for keeping Katie Waissel in the competition, saying Aiden should have stayed, and that “In terms of the television show, Aiden was expendable.” – a quote that could have come from the mouth of Brookstein himself. Cardle is clearly not too worried about consistency, because only a week before he had been busy moaning about Wagner, saying “I would prefer Katie to stay next week to Wagner, definitely. At least she’s a good singer, and she looks good”.
Cardle has also laid into all of the younger X Factor contestants in general, saying “Some people say, ‘I’ve wanted it all my life’. You’re 16 years old. You’ve wanted it for a couple of years since you figured you could sing.”. He also blasted all of the previous X Factor winners, saying they were “plastic and naff”.

Many of the bookies currently have Cardle in the lead for winner of the X Factor, so we may well have to put up with his complaints for a while yet.